New engine for Journey Planner on hsl.fi
We renewed the routing engine that the Journey Planner uses on hsl.fi on Wednesday 15 March. The new engine will enable faster and more comprehensive search functionalities. In addition, we also added some long-awaited features to the service.
The search functionalities in the Journey Planner on hsl.fi will become faster and more comprehensive as the next-generation routing engine is taken into use. The new engine was put into use in the Journey Planner on hsl.fi on Wednesday 15 March. We will renew the routing engine on the HSL app later.
The new technology will enable faster route searches especially on more complicated routes. Furthermore, it will become easier to include on-demand services and other sustainable modes of transport in the service. The Journey Planner will be updated automatically and requires no actions from users.
”Our starting point was to improve trip chains by making them smoother. We are proud and happy over the fact that the new routing engine is in use. The new engine provides more comprehensive route information and the opportunity to add new features to the Journey Planner that support the use of public transport,” says Joona Packalén, Passenger Information Manager at HSL.
New functionalities in Journey Planner on hsl.fi from 15 March
- In the future, the next two departures from the same stop can also be shown for the route you have selected. This will make it easier to find alternative routes, in case you for instance miss the previous departure.
- The new engine will make route searches approximately 50% faster.
- Improved language support – stop names will be available also in Swedish in the Journey Planner.
The previous routing engine is from 2016. Public transport route and timetable searches have undergone many changes over the past six years. Similarly, customers expect to be able to find more comprehensive information when searching for information on public transport services. The new routing engine provides a solution to these demands and also makes it easier to develop the Journey Planner further.
Part of larger journey planner group
HSL’s Journey Planner and for instance the national journey planning service Matka.fi use the same Digitransit platform. HSL together with the state-owned traffic management company Fintraffic and the city-owned TVV LMJ Oy are responsible for maintaining and developing the Digitransit platform. The same open-source platform is also used widely abroad and by more than ten Finnish cities.